The Rise of Nutraceutical Companies: A New Era in Health and Wellness

Published Date : Apr 2023
Author : Pratibha Bhattacharjee
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Nutraceuticals are referred to as a type of edible products that offer additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition. They are also known as functional food or dietary supplements.

The top nutraceutical companies operating in this landscape are-

Danone SA

Market Position or History

In 2021, Danone acquired Earth Island, a US-based company that produces plant-based food products, including the popular Follow Your Heart brand.

Business Overview and Strategy

Issac Carasso established the company in 1919. Its headquarters are located in Paris, France. produces and sells a wide range of dairy products, bottled water, plant-based foods, and other consumer goods. It also operates in the nutraceutical industry through its subsidiary, Nutricia. It predominantly produces specialized medical nutrition products and dietary supplements for people with specific health conditions, such as infants with allergies or elderly individuals with malnutrition.

Danone is committed to sustainability and has set ambitious goals to reduce its carbon footprint and improve the health and well-being of its consumers.


  • It has a loyal consumer base.
  • It is a strong distribution network.
  • It adopts sustainable industrial practices.
  • It operates in over 120 countries, giving it a strong global reach and the ability to adapt to local markets.


  • Its revenue is heavily dependent on a few key markets, which exposes the company to market fluctuations and risks.
  • The company has a relatively high debt level, which can limit its financial flexibility and ability to invest in growth opportunities.
  • It has experienced product recalls and quality control issues in the past, which can damage its brand reputation and consumer trust.

The Kraft Heinz Company

Market Position or History

In 2019, The Kraft Heinz Company announced the acquisition of  Primal Nutrition LLC, a maker of collagen-based food and drink products.

Business Overview and Strategy

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, United States, the company was  established in July 2, 2015. It is known for producing  a variety of consumer food products, including condiments, sauces, cheese, frozen meals, and snacks. It also produces and sells certain products under the nutraceutical segment such as Planters NUT-rition products that contain added vitamins and minerals.

Kraft Heinz is envisioned at y producing high-quality, great-tasting food products that meet the needs of consumers while also creating value for its stakeholders. It is also committed to sustainability and reducing its environmental impact through initiatives such as reducing packaging waste and greenhouse gas emissions.


  • It has a diverse range of well-known brands that are recognized worldwide, including Kraft, Heinz, Oscar Mayer, and Planters.
  • It invests heavily in research and development to bring new products to market and stay ahead of changing consumer preferences.
  • The company has been generating significant revenue and profits.


  • It is vulnerable to shift in consumer preferences.
  • Its large size and bureaucratic structure has made it less agile and slow to respond to changes in the market or consumer preferences.
  • It is subject to stringent regulatory standards.


Market Position or History

In April 2021, Amway launched a new line of Nutrilite supplements in the United States, including a plant-based protein powder and a prebiotic supplement.

Business Overview and Strategy

The company was founded by Jay Van Andel and Richard M. DeVos on November 9, 1959. It produces and sells nutraceutical, beauty, and home care products. Its headquarters are located in Ada Township, Michigan, United States. The company's product lines include Nutrilite, a line of vitamins and dietary supplements, Artistry, a line of skincare and cosmetics products, and Home Care, a line of cleaning and home care products.

Amway is envisioned at helping people to  live better lives by offering high-quality health, beauty, and home care products that promote wellness and personal growth. The company aims to achieve this vision by empowering individuals to become successful entrepreneurs through its direct selling business model.


  • It operates in over 100 countries worldwide, giving it a significant global reach and diverse customer base.
  • The company has a reputation for producing high-quality health, beauty, and home care products that are trusted by consumers.
  • It is committed to sustainability and has implemented initiatives to reduce its environmental impact, such as using renewable energy sources and reducing waste.


  • Its business model relies heavily on its network of independent distributors, making it vulnerable to changes in distributor behavior or loss of key distributors.
  • Some of Amway's products are priced higher than comparable products from other brands, which could limit their appeal to price-sensitive consumers.

Koninklijke DSM N.V.

Market Position or History

In 2020, DSM acquired Glycom, a Danish biotechnology company that specializes in the production of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs).

Business Overview and Strategy

Headquartered in Heerlen, Netherlands, the company was established in 1902. It develops a diverse portfolio of products, including vitamins, carotenoids, nutritional ingredients, resins, and engineering plastics.

DSM is committed to sustainability and has set ambitious targets to reduce its environmental impact and promote sustainable production practices. It has also been recognized for its efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The company's core values include sustainability, respect, accountability, and passion for excellence.


  • It has a diverse product portfolio.
  • It has a strong reputation in the market, recognized for its commitment to sustainability, innovation, and product quality.
  • The company has a strong global presence, with operations in over 50 countries worldwide, giving it access to diverse markets and customers.


  • Its strong focus on research and development requires significant investment, which could impact the company's profitability.
  • Some of DSM's products are not well known among consumers, which could limit their appeal and make it more difficult for the company to attract new customers.

General Mills Inc.

Market Position or History

In 2021, General Mills acquired Tyson Foods' pet treats business for USD 1.2 billion, which includes popular brands such as Nudges, True Chews, and Top Chews.

Business Overview and Strategy

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, the company was set up on June 20, 1928. James Ford Bell is regarded as the founding father of this corporation. It produces and sells a diverse range of consumer food products including dietary supplements.

General Mills’ prime mission is to make food the world loves, and its vision is to be a leader in the food industry, providing consumers with high-quality, nutritious, and tasty food products.


  • The company has an extensive distribution network that helps it reach consumers across the globe.
  • The company has a track record of strong financial performance, with consistent revenue growth and profitability.
  • It has a strong and experienced management team that has successfully guided the company through challenges and opportunities.


  • The cost of raw materials, such as grains and dairy, can impact the company's profitability.
  • It operates across numerous countries, which exposes it to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.


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